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  • Press release: FCO statement on UN action against breaching sanctions on North Korea

    first_imgAn FCO spokesperson said: Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIncenter_img Media enquiries Email [email protected] The UK welcomes the announcement by the UN’s 1718 Committee that it has listed three vessels for engaging in sanctions evasion. The vessels, the Shang Yuan Bao, New Regent and Kum Un San 3, are subject to deflagging and a port entry ban. Their activity demonstrates that North Korea continues to flout UN sanctions through prohibited ship-to-ship transfers. The UK is contributing to the enforcement of UN sanctions through monitoring and surveillance activities to detect and prevent illicit ship-to-ship transfers in partnership with Australia, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. We are also concerned that recent US assessments indicate that North Korea has breached the UN-mandated cap on imports of refined petroleum through illicit transfers and we therefore call on all Member States to halt all sales and transfers of refined petroleum to North Korea. Full enforcement of UN sanctions is vital to ensure we achieve the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea as agreed by the UN Security Council.last_img read more

  • Text of Zakaria’s Commencement address

    first_img“We live in an age of progress”Commencement address by Fareed Zakaria [as prepared]May 24, 2012Thank you so much, President Faust, Fellows of the Corporation, Overseers, Ladies and Gentlemen, and graduates.To the graduates in particular, I have to tell you, you’re way ahead of me already. I never made it to my commencement, either from college or graduate school. I went to college south of here, in a small town called New Haven, Connecticut. And, well, I celebrated a bit the night before the ceremony. The honest truth is, I slept through much of my commencement. Then, after I had finally made it to Harvard for graduate school, I took a job before I had finished my Ph.D., and wrote the final chapters while working in New York. I couldn’t get away from work for Commencement, and I got my degree in the mail. So, 19 years later, it is a great honor to receive, in person, a Harvard degree.Harvard was, for me, a revelation. Contrary to the conventional wisdom on this campus, it is possible to receive a fine education at Yale, and I did. But Harvard’s great graduate programs have an ambition, energy, and range that, for me, made it a dazzling, electric experience. Getting a Ph.D. involves many hours of grueling work, but, if you do it right, also many hours of goofing off with friends, acquiring new hobbies and interests, and working your way through the great resources here — from the libraries to cafes. I fully availed myself of these opportunities, and the time spent not working (in a formal sense) was as valuable as the hours in seminar rooms. I learned from students, faculty, and visitors. Harvard is really where I learned to think, and I owe this University a deep debt of gratitude, as most of you do as well — something the University will remind you of from time to time.I have always been wary of making commencement speeches because I don’t think of myself as old enough to have any real wisdom to impart on such an august occasion. I’d like to think I’m still vaguely post-graduate. But there’s nothing like having kids to remind me of how deeply uncool I am. So I accept this task, with some trepidation.The best commencement speech I ever read was by the humorist Art Buchwald. He was brief, saying simply, “Remember, we are leaving you a perfect world. Don’t screw it up.”You are not going to hear that message much these days. Instead, you’re likely to hear that we are living through grim economic times, that the graduates are entering the slowest recovery since the Great Depression. The worries are not just economic. Ever since 9/11, we have lived in an age of terror, and our lives remain altered by the fears of future attacks and a future of new threats and dangers. Then there are larger concerns that you hear about: The Earth is warming; we’re running out of water and other vital resources; we have a billion people on the globe trapped in terrible poverty.So, I want to sketch out for you, perhaps with a little bit of historical context, the world as I see it.The world we live in is, first of all, at peace — profoundly at peace. The richest countries of the world are not in geopolitical competition with one another, fighting wars, proxy wars, or even engaging in arms races or “cold wars.” This is a historical rarity. You would have to go back hundreds of years to find a similar period of great power peace. I know that you watch a bomb going off in Afghanistan or hear of a terror plot in this country and think we live in dangerous times. But here is the data. The number of people who have died as a result of war, civil war, and, yes, terrorism, is down 50 percent this decade from the 1990s. It is down 75 percent from the preceding five decades, the decades of the Cold War, and it is, of course, down 99 percent from the decade before that, which is World War II. Steven Pinker says that we are living in the most peaceful times in human history, and he must be right because he is a Harvard professor.The political stability we have experienced has allowed the creation of a single global economic system, in which countries around the world are participating and flourishing. In 1980, the number of countries that were growing at 4 percent a year — robust growth — was around 60. By 2007, it had doubled. Even now, after the financial crisis, that number is more than 80. Even in the current period of slow growth, keep in mind that the global economy as a whole will grow 10 to 20 percent faster this decade than it did a decade ago, 60 percent faster than it did two decades ago, and five times as fast as it did three decades ago.The result: The United Nations estimates that poverty has been reduced more in the past 50 years than in the previous 500 years. And much of that reduction has taken place in the last 20 years. The average Chinese person is 10 times richer than he or she was 50 years ago — and lives for 25 years longer. Life expectancy across the world has risen dramatically. We gain five hours of life expectancy every day — without even exercising! A third of all the babies born in the developed world this year will live to be 100.All this is because of rising standards of living, hygiene, and, of course, medicine. Atul Gawande, a Harvard professor who is also a practicing surgeon, and who also writes about medicine for The New Yorker, writes about a 19th century operation in which the surgeon was trying to amputate his patient’s leg. He succeeded — at that — but accidentally amputated his assistant’s finger as well. Both died of sepsis, and an onlooker died of shock. It is the only known medical procedure to have a 300 percent fatality rate. We’ve come a long way.To understand the astonishing age of progress we are living in, you just look at the cellphones in your pockets. (Many of you have them out and were already looking at them. Don’t think I can’t see you.) Your cellphones have more computing power than the Apollo space capsule. That capsule couldn’t even Tweet! So just imagine the opportunities that lie ahead. Moore’s Law — that computing power doubles every 18 months while costs halve — may be slowing down in the world of computers, but it is accelerating in other fields. The human genome is being sequenced at a pace faster than Moore’s Law. A “Third Industrial Revolution,” involving material science and the customization of manufacturing, is yet in its infancy. And all these fields are beginning to intersect and produce new opportunities that we cannot really foresee.The good news goes on. Look at the number of college graduates globally. It has risen fourfold in the last four decades for men, but it has risen sevenfold for women. I believe that the empowerment of women, whether in a village in Africa or a boardroom in America, is good for the world. If you are wondering whether women are in fact smarter than men, the evidence now is overwhelming: yes. My favorite example of this is a study done over the last 25 years in which it found that female representatives in the House of Congress were able to bring back $49 million more in federal grants than their male counterparts. So it turns out women are better than men even at pork-barrel spending. We can look forward to a world enriched and ennobled by women’s voices.Now you might listen to me and say “This is all wonderful for the world at large, but what does this mean for America?” Well, for America and for most places, peace and broader prosperity — “the rise of the rest” — means more opportunities. I remind you that this is a country that still has the largest and most dynamic economy in the world, that dominates the age of technology, that hosts hundreds of the world’s greatest companies, that houses its largest, deepest capital markets, and that has almost all of the world’s greatest universities. There is no equivalent of Harvard in China or India, nor will there be one for decades, perhaps longer.The United States is also a vital society. It is the only country in the industrialized world that is demographically vibrant. We add 3,000,000 people to the country every year. That itself is a powerful life force, and it is made stronger by the fact that so many of these people are immigrants. They — I should say we — come to this country with aspirations, with hunger, with drive, with determination, and with a fierce love for America. By 2050, America will have a better demographic profile than China. This country has its problems, but I would rather have America’s problems than most any other place in the world.When I tell you that we live in an age of progress, I am not urging complacency — far from it. We have had daunting challenges over the last 100 years: a depression, two world wars, a Cold War, 9/11, and global economic crisis. But we have overcome them by our response. Human action and human achievement have managed to tackle terrible problems.We forget our successes. In 2009, the H1N1 virus broke out in Mexico. Now, if you looked back at the trajectory of these kinds of viruses, it is quite conceivable this one would have spread like the Asian flu in 1957 or 1968, in which 4,000,000 people died. But this time, the Mexican health authorities identified the problem early, shared the information with the WHO, learned best practices fast, tracked down where the outbreak began, quarantined people, and vaccinated others. The country went on a full-scale alert, banning any large gatherings. In a Catholic country, you couldn’t go to church for three Sundays. Perhaps more importantly, you couldn’t go to soccer matches either. The result was that the virus was contained, to the point where, three months later, people wondered what the big fuss was and asked if we had all overreacted. We didn’t overreact; we reacted, we responded, and we solved the problem.There are other examples. In the 12 months following the economic peak in 2008, industrial production fell by as much as it did in the first year of the depression. Equity prices and global trade fell more. Yet this time, no Great Depression followed. Why? Because of the coordinated actions of governments around the world. 9/11 did not usher in an age of terrorism, with al-Qaida going from strength to strength. Why? Because countries cooperated in fighting them and other terror groups, with considerable success. When we can come together, when we cooperate, when we put aside petty differences, the results are astounding.So, when we look at the problems we face — economic crises, terrorism, climate change, resource scarcity — keep in mind that these problems are real, but also that the human reaction and response to them will also be real. We can more easily map out the big problem than the thousands of individual actions governments, firms, organizations, and people will take that will constitute the solution.In a sense, I’m betting on the graduates in this great audience. I believe that your actions will have consequences. Your efforts will make a difference.And turning to the graduates, I know I am expected to provide some advice at a commencement. Should you go into nanotechnology or bioengineering? What are the industries of the future? Honestly, I have no idea. But one thing I do know is that human beings will reward and honor those talents of heart and mind they have always honored for thousands of years: intelligence, hard work, discipline, courage, loyalty and, perhaps above all, love and a generosity of spirit. Those are the qualities that, at the end of the day, make you live a great life, one that is rewarded by the outside world, and a good life, one that is rewarded only by those who know you best. These are the virtues that people honor, that they built statues for 5,000 years ago. Well, nobody builds statues anymore. They build weird, modernist sculptures with strange pieces of metal falling off of them, but you get my idea. Trust yourself; you know what you should do. You know the kind of life you should live. You don’t need an ethics course to know what you shouldn’t do. Just trust in your instincts, be true to them, and you will make for yourself a great and a good life. And, in doing so, you will change the world.I said that at my age I don’t feel competent to give you much advice, but I will give you one last piece of wisdom that comes with age. For all of you who are graduating students or, really, anyone who is still young, trust me. You cannot possibly understand the love that your parents have for you until you have children of your own. Once you have your own kids, their strange behavior will suddenly make sense. But don’t wait that long. On this day of all days, give them a hug, and tell them that you love them.Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and to the graduates of Harvard University’s Class of 2012, Godspeed.last_img read more

  • Tom Hewitt Returns to Broadway’s Chicago Aug 1, 2016  •  11:07AM

    first_img View Comments A familiar face is stepping back into the Broadway courtroom. Tom Hewitt returns to Chicago on August 1 as the silver-tongued Billy Flynn. The Tony nominee takes over for Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil, who took his final bow at the Ambassador Theatre on July 31.Hewitt first donned a tux to play Billy Flynn on Broadway in 2008. He has returned to the role numerous times since. His additional credits include a Tony-nominated turn as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion King, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Doctor Zhivago and—most recently—Amazing Grace.In addition to Hewitt, the current cast features Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Roz Ryan as Matron Mama Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Take a look at Hewitt preparing for his first stint in the long-running revival below! from $49.50 Tom Hewitt in ‘Chicago'(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)center_img Related Shows Chicagolast_img read more

  • Rock and Forest: The Legacy of Chuck Leavell

    first_imgLeavell and Jagger on stage. Photo: Stanislav MilojkovicOver the past four decades, keyboardist Chuck Leavell has remained the constant sideman to rock ‘n’ roll royalty. It started back in 1972, when Leavell joined the Allman Brothers Band. He’s since toured or recorded with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, the Black Crowes, and countless more musical greats. He’s still a touring member of the Stones, when they hit the road, and when Leavell is not lending his talents to other bands, he’s consistently fostering a prolific solo career.Even with a resume that exceeds any musician’s wildest dreams, playing piano is just a part of Leavell’s professional accomplishments. The longtime Georgia resident and ardent conservationist is also a sustainable tree farmer on his 2,000-acre Charlane Plantation near Macon. Leavell also founded the popular online magazine, Mother Nature Network, and has written four books about environmental issues, including Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable, released in February.What’s keeping you busy musically right now? I’m up in New York doing the second round of recording sessions for John Mayer’s new record. He’s a great artist, and the music he’s about to come out with is fantastic.What’s next with your solo work? I’m 80 percent done with my next solo record. It’s a tribute to pioneering blues piano players from the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. I’ll have some nice guest artists on it, including John Mayer, Keith Richards, Col. Bruce Hampton, and the very interesting banjo player Danny Barnes. I’m hoping to have it out in the early part of this month.How do you balance time between music and tree farming? When you have passion for something, you make the time to engage in it. I have a sincere interest in conservation issues. People don’t spend as much time outdoors as they should. If they did, we’d have a much healthier country. I get the same feeling of satisfaction when I’m expressing myself on these issues, as I do from playing music on stage.Tell me about your new book, Growing a Better America. The theme of the book is smart growth. For years, I have been giving talks about what I call the invisible forest health crisis. What I mean by that is the loss of natural land to growth and development. In the Atlanta metro area we lose between 80 and 100 acres a day. From Virginia down to East Texas we lose approximately one million acres a year. I’m not anti-growth, but I think we’re at a critical point where we need to stop and look at how we’re going to continue to grow, as far as energy, transportation, and how we live within our communities. We need to move forward in an intelligent way that focuses on protecting our natural resources. 1 2last_img read more

  • Shelter Island Guide Sheds Light on Secluded Resort

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If the Hamptons are the summer playground of the rich and famous, then bucolic Shelter Island—nestled between the North and South forks of Long Island—offers an escape from the glitz.Laying out a road map for those unfamiliar with the secluded East End resort community is the inaugural Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide, a new 190-page directory book compiled and published by local real estate agents Melina Wein and Yvonne Purcell.“My guide was written to share information on the wide range of activities, entertainment, businesses, artists, nonprofits and more that make our life on this island so special,” Wein said.The guide covers all aspects of life and tourism on LI’s smallest town, a tranquil 27-square-mile island that is accessible only by a five-minute ferry trip from North Haven on the South Fork and Greenport village on the North Fork. Cars are allowed on the ferries, space permitting since these crafts are relatively small. Passengers without cars can walk on board and enjoy the short ride on deck or sit inside the waiting room if they prefer.Chapters of the guide cover history, recreation, accommodations, entertainment, restaurants and shopping. The book also includes health and wellness, professional services, home services and a helpful section about the community.The guide exhaustively details just how much there is to do on there beyond what those taking a short cut from one fork to the other see on their drive down Route 114. There really is much more than meets the eye on this tiny island. For example, the Sylvester Manor, now a historic landmark, was once the largest slave plantation on Long Island–and its main house still looks like it did in the 1740s.Wein, who has raised her family with her husband on Shelter Island for the past 20 years, wrote: “I hope that this guide helps illustrate how Shelter Island is a beautiful place to visit, a great place to live.”Shelter Island Comprehensive Guide can be purchased for $9 at Shelter Island shops and online on the Amazon Kindle. The book can also be obtained for free by calling, emailing or visiting M. Wein Realty at 34 North Ferry Rd. on Shelter Island, calling 631-749-0999 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

  • ZTE Blade A7s 2020 With Octa-Core Processor, Triple Rear Cameras Launched: Price, Specifications

    first_img– Advertisement – The dual-SIM (Nano) ZTE Blade A7s 2020 runs MiFavor UI on top of Android 10. The phone features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,560 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by an octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz and the remaining four clocked at 1.2GHz. You get 3GB of RAM with ZTE Blade A7s 2020.For photography, the phone features a triple rear camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel primary snapper, an 8-megapixel secondary senor, and a 2-megapixel tertiary sensor. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera housed inside the waterdrop-style notch.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 comes with 64GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery that can offer talk time of up to 27 hours while on 4G. Sensors onboard include accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 measures 164.7×77.4×8.2mm and weighs 179 grams.- Advertisement – ZTE Blade A7s 2020 has been launched in Germany. It is a budget-friendly smartphone with an octa-core processor, a notch for the selfie shooter, and a triple rear camera setup. The phone is offered in two colour options and a single RAM and storage configuration. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 has relatively thick bezels all around with an even thicker chin. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone. ZTE Blade A7s 2020 comes with a 4,000mAh battery and offers storage expandability as well.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 priceZTE Blade A7s 2020 is priced at EUR 149 (roughly Rs. 13,100) for the lone 3GB + 64GB storage option. The phone is offered in two colour options – Ocean Blue and Star Black. The phone is available on Amazon Germany and as of now, there is no information on its availability in international markets.ZTE Blade A7s 2020 specifications- Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

  • Buses and trams of European cities painted with Croatian motifs

    first_imgTrams, buses and trolleybuses, ie public city transport of many European cities such as Milan, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Brno, Plzeň, Amsterdam, The Hague, Stockholm and other cities in the most frequent locations are painted with Croatian motifs. “The visual effect has been proven to attract a lot of attention from a multitude of people and create a strong and long-lasting experience for potential tourists. Large outdoor advertising on the busiest roads of major European cities and metropolises is one of the projects realized as part of an additional 10 million kuna for marketing and PR activities in emitting markets this year.” pointed out the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the external advertising of Croatia as a tourist destination was carried out through billboards in the extremely busy London and Paris metro, but also in Prague, Ljubljana, Rotterdam, etc. Advertising is carried out in two waves, ie now in May and in September and October. The activities within the campaign include display and print advertising in specialized media and promotion on social networks, and it is carried out on the market of Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, USA, Benelux, Sweden, Norway, but also Croatia. Also, as they point out from the Croatian National Tourist Board, a million kuna promotional campaign for business tourism has been launched, which aims to position Croatia as a tourist destination suitable for MICE tourism.  Promotion of business tourism in nine world markets “The campaign focused on the promotion of business tourism is a continuation of our continuous investments in the promotion and development of this important tourist product. Croatia has great potentials in this segment of travel due to the quality of the resource base, but also due to the excellent references, which is confirmed by the well-done hosting of the last major international gathering China +16, which was recently held in Dubrovnik.”, concluded Staničić. This is the result of the CNTB’s ongoing promotional campaign, which consists of outdoor advertising in key emitting markets such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and Slovenia. last_img read more

  • Depok to impose curfew amid recent COVID-19 cases surge

    first_imgThe administration will deploy a total of 88 public order agency (Satpol PP) personnel, who will be assisted by military and police personnel, to educate local residents on the curfew until Wednesday.Depok Satpol PP head, Lienda Ratna Nurdiany, said authorities would start imposing sanctions for violators once the regulation was issued.Dadang further said that the curfew would not be applicable for residents whose working hours were after 8 p.m. They, however, would be required to show their identity card, assignment letter and other supporting documents.As of Monday, health authorities had confirmed a total of 2,210 COVID-19 cases, reportedly the highest among other cities across West Java. The administration also reported 77 deaths from the disease.Depok will become the second city in West Java as well as Greater Jakarta to impose a curfew, with Bogor starting to enforce the policy on Saturday amid an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city. (trn)Topics : Depok COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Dadang Wihana, said the administration had finished a draft of a mayoral regulation stipulating the curfew policy, which is described as “restrictions on residents’ activities”, as well as sanctions for violators.“The draft was finished yesterday [Monday]. We can start enforcing legal sanctions on [Thursday],” he said on Thursday.While refusing to provide further details on the regulation, Dadang added that the curfew would also apply to street vendors and food stalls.Read also: ‘Chaotic’: Epidemiologists concerned about healthcare crisis after recent surge in COVID-19 cases Depok municipality in West Java will impose a curfew to restrict people’s movements in the city after health authorities confirmed a significant surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recently.Mayor Mohammad Idris said public places such as restaurants, supermarkets and malls could only operate until 6 p.m., while courier services were allowed to operate until 9 p.m.Moreover, residents are restricted from engaging in out-of-home activities after 8 p.m., as reported by read more

  • Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday

    first_imgNewsRegional Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday by: – November 10, 2011 Tropical storm Sean 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 4:00 pm EST on Wednesday, the centre of tropical storm Sean was located about 420 miles southwest of Bermuda, moving toward the north near 6 mph. A turn toward the northeast and an increase in forward speed are expected on Thursday, followed by a further increase in forward speed on Friday.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph, with higher gusts. Further strengthening is anticipated and Sean could become a hurricane by Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 290 miles from the centre. On the forecast track, the centre of Sean is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Friday morning. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda, which means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.Tropical storm conditions are expected on Bermuda by Thursday night. Sean is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of rain on Bermuda. Swells generated by Sean are affecting portions of the southeastern coast of Bermuda, causing life-threatening surf and rip currents.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

  • Title IX Revisited

    first_imgTitle IX takes many forms in high school athletics.  The true meaning of the law states that there be no difference in the handling of male and female athletic programs.  Literally, this has not happened yet.  For one thing, high school girls’ teams don’t mind playing games during the week.  In fact, some of them prefer it.  However, in Indiana  the court has dictated that schools must abide by the true meaning of Title IX in scheduling boys and girls basketball games.  At Batesville the girls now have cheerleaders which has not been the case in years past.  So far, they are sharing the cheerleaders with the boys team.  Thus, you will only see cheerleaders at home games for the boys and girls.  Trying to do home and away games for both boys and girls would be too costly and it would be an overload for the cheerleader squad.  Maybe some day there will be two separate cheer groups, but for now there is not.  The girls schedule has many more weekend (prime time) games than they ever did.  In a few years, I am sure these will be truly 50/50.  Whether the salaries of the two coaches match is questionable.  This could be a whole story in itself.  Transportation, uniforms, etc. are now equal.  Referees are the same, length of schedule is the same (18 games), and the tournament format is the same.  We are getting close to being “equal”.last_img read more